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Sun of the Day #1760

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Sun of the Day #1760

There’s a constellation of sunflowers on the way home from the lab, swaying on stalks long enough to reach deep space, and I had to stop and orbit them for a few moments before continuing on. Various suns hung there in every stage of life: tightly-bound orange buds wrapped in green sepals, full blossoms crowned with their summer-filled petals, clusters of tiny flowers blooming in their compound cradle – and this here, an array of brittle spires like the last flares of a dying sun.

Depending on the species, sunflowers will take on one of several forms at their life’s end; the red supergiantflower, the white dwarflower and the pulsarflower are the most common. Beware of novaflowers – their burst scatters seeds hundreds of lightyears away, producing new suns to foster new life, but the spectacle can be fatal to close observers.

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Written by Umbrella Man

July 18, 2013 at 1:41 am

Posted in plants, small things

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